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Life Thru the Lens 51/52... a winter hike

"I'm happy when I'm hiking, pack upon my back. 
I'm happy when I'm hiking, off the beaten track. 
Out in the open country, that's the place for me....."

~ I'm Happy When I'm Hiking

Last weekend The Thinker and I went on our first winter hike of the season; no snowshoes needed, just good thick socks and hiking boots. Or, so we thought. It was a gorge hike, so we did not think about the trail climbing up out of the ravine, and we did not think about the snow not melting on the north side of the trail. Needless to say, we had to turn back just a mile into our hike becasue of the icy accents with drop-offs to our immediate left.  Yes, that's right, I wasn't quite ready to die that day. 

Before we hit the higher elevations, we found this along the way. 

The hard part about hiking with my camera is... one, we never trek to far down the trail because I am always stopping to take a photo and two, I find that I do not enjoy myself as much becasue I am always stopping to take a photo.

 In Europe, I had the same experience. When we returned from one particular destination and I could not remember an incident that happened with my family, I decided something had to change. I became extremely intentional about taking a few shots, and then putting my camera away. I know I missed some key shots. However, I also cherish the memories I made by leaving my camera at home, or in it's bag. 

I have decided that I want to go back to this trail at least three times. Once, becasue I already know where I want to spend more time with a tripod, and a remote trigger. Then, I need to hike the entire thing sans camera so that I can build brain memories of the hike and not just photographic memories. And then, the third time to take photos of things further along the trail. 

Brain memories are equally as important as photographic memories, and maybe even more important. A photograph will not trigger a brain memory if one has not been made. 

My tips to you...

~ If you have already experienced something once, leave the camera behind the second time. The shots will all pretty much be the same ones you took the first time. Once my kids began middle school I began taking my camera with me for one soccer game for each child, each season.  I have found that one really good shot of the season satisfied my need to document. You really do not need multiple shots of the same types of events year after year. 

~ If you haven't experienced an event before, then take your camera but be intentional about tucking it away. Tell yourself, I'll take five photos and then put it away. When I was traveling I would take five photos of a beautiful area, then I would tuck it away and enjoy the ambience of the place, and then take my camera back out further into the day. Honestly, I hated all the mid-day sun shots of places anyway, so that became my memory building time. The golden hours were my shooting time. 

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Life Thru the Lens 24:52... a food photography series

I am working on a new series in still life. I am focusing on filling my image fully from back to front. Which is not as easy as it looks. Well, not for me anyway. I'm also trying to cultivate the habit of viewing the image through a different perspective. I often find myself caught up in a photo shoot, so excited about whatI I have captured, that I prematurely pack up my items thinking I have the shot I want. Then I cull and edit my shots and I find myself wishing I would have taken the image form a different perspective. I can most definitely see the benefit of having my camera toggled to a laptop so that I can "see" what I am shooting immediately. And, a dedicated studio to shoot in would be nice as well. That way I could leave my set up out until I knew I had the shot. 

Someday I will have all of that. I think photographers, or any hobbyist for that matter, always dream of the perfect set-up with the perfect equipment. But, let's be honest and remember...

  • the best camera you have is the one in your hand. 
  • work with what you have
  • learn how to use what you have to obtain the shot you want

... if we could remember those three items regularly a ton of our photography covetousness would simply slither away into the shadows. 

My prompt from my class was gather (well, that was a while ago) and a human touch (current) so I thought I would combine the two. These are just the first few photos I have worked on, but I have a few more set ups I want to try. It's a good thing I have people who can help me out with this. Trying to be your own human touch in a photo is difficult at best. 

And these are my favorites... do you see the 3-D effect?

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Life Thru the Lens 23:52... a month in review May

What did our Life Thur the Lens look like in May...

May seemed to wisp by with little to no fanfare at all. It swept by so quickly that we missed out on some events we wanted to attend. Bummer.

However...

~We read... Jane Erye, and We Are Not Ourselves... what is up next? I am not sure, but I'll take recommendations. 

Katy in May by Lisa Kerner ©Simply Living Photorgaphy

~ We ran, and walked, the trail almost daily. 

~ We cooked... we made Broccoli Apple and Almond Salad . The dressing on it is so yummy. I even used the dressing to make a slaw for Asian Burgers. We also had this deliciousness in a Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing , and, I discovered that I LOVE pomegranate seeds. Fridays are always Fat Friday's around here. We make junk food, but healthy. A couple weeks ago we made these fabulous Avocado Chicken Burritos substituting monterey jack cheese for the mozzarella. We also fried them in coconut oil.

~ We waited for the rain... and rain it has, there seems to be no end. But, with rain comes beauty.

~ We learned new tricks like how to extend your canvas in Photoshop and some Lightroom techniques. Dream worked on his art techniques, and Blue Eyes is learning phoneography. 

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Friday Randomness... a little lemoncello

~ Lisa from Peripheral Perspectives challenged me to play along with the 5 Photos, 5 Stories prompt... I thought it might be fun to do so over at Instagram. So, you'll have to head over there to find the story behind these photos. 

~ I am working on a couple other things as well, that I hope to announce soon... one in particular. 

~ The bottle is my Friday Find... along with the books and hanky that I recently purchased at a local antique/junk store. I really love items that have a story behind them; they mean way more to me than an item bought off the superstore shelf.

~ Today is my 21st anniversary. I am super excited to celebrate it with The Thinker this year, since last year he was away for our anniversary. 

~ Dreamer and Blue Eyes are almost done with school for the year. I sit back and look at my almost Senior and Junior and wonder how in the world did they morph from those tiny infants to grown people so quickly?

~ I am hoping to share a little of our Italy travels next Wednesday; it is high time I edited those photos. 

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life thru the lens 20:52... iris dreams

We went to Saint Louis for Mother's Day weekend. It was a quick in and out trip for a wedding, but while we were there I decided that I wanted to visit the botanical gardens for my Mother's Day gift. I finally ordered my new lens and I wanted to try it out. 

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Want to purchase this print... click on the photo

My lens is a dedicated 105mm, f 2.8, macro 1:1 lens... I have been wishing for this lens for a while now. The bokeh on this baby is dreamy. And, as luck would have, it the irises where in full bloom at the botanical gardens. 

It was rainy all weekend, and I did not capture the photos of downtown St. Louis that I envisioned, so I was worried the botanical gardens would be a lost cause. But, the skies parted and I had three full hours of full immersion in the beauty of macro photography. 

We returned home on Monday and all week I was a day behind. It is funny to me how one simple twist of my schedule can offset things for an entire week. So, needless to say, I did not make it around to everyone's sites to gush over your photos. I'll be by later today for that.... which, for me, that is not a bad thing, it means I will be able to sit with you a bit longer :-D. 

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Want to purchase this print... click on the photo. 

If you stop by my Instagram feed @lisa.kerner you can find a few more photos from our trip. And, I also have some prints up on my Society6 Site as well. I'll be adding a few more photos, and phone cases, to my store throughout the week.

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Want to purchase this print... click the photo

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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Life Thru the Lens 17:52... One Thing

A recent prompt for my online photography class was One Thing. I made you all guess what the theme was last week. I kind of figured you would all lean toward time. I actually almost put time on the photo because it fit so well. 

I'll admit, at first, I was pretty challenged by this prompt. First of all I had no clue what I wanted to shoot for that long, and second I had no idea how I would change each look up. I also felt like the photos should have some other common denominator, besides the watches, to tie them together... enter the yellow flower in a jar. 

I acquired these watches several years ago; they belonged to our grandfathers. They mean the world to us as we have very little left of our grandparents that are no longer with us. 

The purpose of the prompt was to shoot one thing over several days, or weeks, in different environments and light. I shot these photos in my front door on an overcast day in the morning, in my bedroom in the evening, and in the kitchen in late afternoon. 

This last shot is my favorite one. It is not a perfect shot. You can see where the backdrop is not over far enough, and the folds are not perfect. The flower is a little dark. But, this is the money shot for me. This shot screams interest and a little bit of a disheveled-ness that makes me want to know more about the story.  I have realized, this is the kind of photography I want to be producing every time I shoot something. I want the picture captured to evoke a response of longing to know more. 


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Ack! You all are so awesome, our little community is growing so much. Can you feel my heart exploding with joy. I will be updating the Pinterest Board with all the features this week, so be sure to check over there. 

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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Friday Randomness... Let's Eat Yellow, or Not

~I realized I had more yellow photos to share with you. I was so excited about making my video that I had forgotten to edit these. 

~They all were edited in Lightroom, with mainly Presets, and a few tweaks; since I really loved the SOOCs, I did not have to do much to them. I actually really love the challenge of capturing a shot straight out of the camera (SOOC) and then editing to enhance an already perfect shot. There is nothing like the feeling of being happy with your creation. 

~I found those two forks and the hand embroidered doily, along with some other little treasures, at a local antique/junk store. I love digging through stores like that because you never know what treasures you will find. 

~I calibrated my monitor this week. I was so nervous to do so, but knew that it was a step further I needed to take to open my store on my site here, and to also venture into the stock photography world. I'm laughing now at my anxiety, it was super simple

~ Those shots are dreamy... I mean, I know it is tooting my own horn, but boy oh boy I just love how they turned out. 

~ I know what you are thinking! I told you I would showcase more of the pocket watch shots today. And, I made you guess what the theme was. Time was the popular answer; I knew you'd choose that. But, actually it was One Thing. I had to shoot one thing, over several days, in different environments, and light. I really was stumped on what I wanted to shoot. What would I want to make into a series? And then, I saw them sitting there by the front door as I bent to snap a shot of my yellow flower. I knew it had to be these pocket watches, they mean the world to me because they belonged to special people in our lives. On Monday, at Life Through the Lens I will show you the rest, I really love how they turned out. Until then...

And a special gift to you for this Mother's Day weekend... if you would like to download the full resolution photo simply click on it. Happy Mother's Day. 

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Glacier National Park... a Photographer's Defining Moment

There are moments in your life, defining moments. Those moments when the scales are removed and you know the path you want to be on. They, are the moments that you are not waiting for. They, are the moments in that come at you unexpected and linger into hours, and then years. Those defining moments are the ones that you do not fully comprehend until you process them as a whole and realize with intensity of passion that you are defined: you are a person with purpose. This was that moment for me. 

It took me years to realize that our trip to Glacier National Park set me on a charted course. It took me years to call myself a photographer and believe that I truly was one. It took me years to admit that not only was a photographer, but I wanted to be one as well. 

If we could live anywhere in the world, and money was not "the" object that stood between home and living there, this is where we would live. On the North Fork, in Montana. Even as I write these words, tears fill my eyes and my heart builds with anxiety at the truth revealed. Yes, I have fallen in love with a place as much as Germany. I honestly did not think that I was capable of feeling home; I have never had a home, I have been a vagabond my entire life. To know deep within my soul what home means, and how it feels, and how throughly etched it can be in my heart, is mind boggling. 

I do wonder if my intense feeling of home is tied to my defining moment? Maybe, it is where you are defined that you feel most at home?

Ansel Adams is one of my absolute inspirations. His imagery is breathtaking, and the contrasting tones of his back and white photos are mesmerizing. He is an artist I would have loved to sit under and to glean as much as I possibly could.

It always amazes me to sit and watch the light change during a sunset. It is one of the best times of the day and I find myself entranced by the beauty of each stroke of the artist as the sun sets and the light shifts. 

Life Thru the Lens 16:52... a little yellow for you

We are a growing community her at Life Thru the Lens. Last week was the biggest link-up to date, and boy oh boy that is exciting. I hope you are visiting with one another and connecting, since that is the real goal. I just love having you all at my cyber table. 

This week, in my life through the lens, I have a prompt I am working on for my photography/editing class.... music. Most of the photos coming out of the prompt feature music sheets, but since I do not actually own any music sheets, and I wanted to create something different including my outdoor photography, and because I love this song... 

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{Edited using Lightroom and Kim Klassen's Breezy Preset, then additional PS edits.}

I am working on a few other prompts as well. Can you tell I realized how much I missed my big girl camera. This is a little sneak peak of the next prompt I'll be sharing on Friday. Any guesses to the theme/prompt...

©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited in LR with a little crop and Kim Klassen's Still Preset... otherwise it is SOOC.}

Thank you all for your feed back on my portfolio, and my store. For now, I have opened a Society6 store that you can find a collection of my pieces at. I will be opening my store here on my site as well, but that is turning into quiet the challenge. Do not worry I am up for it :-). Until then...

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I'll also be back on Wednesday for a bit more of our European travels. 

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~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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LTTL...15:52... a photography confession

So, my big confession. I did not take one photo with my big girl camera this month. Honestly, I didn't even realize it until I went to make my "A Month in Review" collage. Some months seem to flutter by, the days rambling into one another, until it is all done. It's during those months that I tend to ride the wind of life and just be. It's good! It's good to live life sometimes, instead of documenting it. 

Life Through the Lens

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The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured.